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How to make a multi-hued paint palette work in an open concept home
There's no better to way to add character and personality to your home than by painting your walls in a rich mix of colours. But how do you know where to stop and start, and what works best if your home has an open concept layout? Have no fear - it's easy to treat your walls to a layered mix of hues with winning results.
Fabric & Paint
Make your fabric story the star of your décor scheme by pulling out your favourite accent colour and applying it your walls to tie it all together. If you’re working with a bold palette and don’t want to overpower the room, you can install a chair rail and paint the lower section in an intense hue, while keeping the upper portion light. Here’s a hint… make sure you pick the fabrics first, as it’s always easier to match your paint to your fabric than vice versa!
As a general rule, the darker paint shade is usually applied to the lower portion of the wall to keep the weight at the bottom of the room and not make the ceilings feel lower. If you are using lighter tones, you can easily play around and see what effect you like best!
For best results mixing and matching colours, try to select shades that all have a similar tonal intensity so the end result creates a natural flow from one area to the next and the colours work together in perfectly balanced harmony.
If you want your multi-hued paint palette to have maximum impact and be easily noticed, make sure you paint your baseboards, trim, chair rail and any crown molding white. The brightness of the whiter trim will highlight even the most subtle colour variations in your paint scheme and make it feel crisp and fresh!
Hallway & Landing
Have fun with subtle shade variations and change up your colours to help define distinct areas in your home. Even in an open hallway, you can transition from one colour to another wherever you have a corner. Make sure you use an angled sash brush to get the sharpest cut line possible!
Paint your paneling in your chosen trim white for a classic bright coastal look, or draw attention to it by selecting a sophisticated neutral shade, and then highlight the chair rail and baseboard with glossy trim paint for a study in contrast.